The Phillies employed the "best available athlete" strategy again and picked a pair of high school right-handers in Monday night's draft: Shane Watson with the 40th overall pick and Mitch Gueller with the 54th pick. Assistant GM Marti Wolever breaks down the choices above, describing both as fiery competitors with comparisons to Brett Myers and Roger Clemens. Meanwhile, a couple of moves to report. Lehigh Valley right-hander Dave Bush has opted out of his contract in order to pitch in Korea. In addition, utilityman Michael Martinez was activated off the disabled list and was optioned to Lehigh Valley. Each move was confirmed on Twitter by Morning Call beat scribe Jeff Schuler.
Beerleaguer: Very typical of the Phils' approach to drafting pitchers high in the draft by targeting a couple of bulldogs with plus-pitch potential to be crafted into Major League arms at a later date. Meanwhile, the Rule 5 giveth and injury taketh away for Mini-Mart, who finds himself without a clear path back to the Majors. As for Bush, it's a tough blow to the depth chart, but that's the price teams pay for signing established veterans to a minor league deals. The right-hander was 4-5 with a 3.16 ERA.